Lantana (2002)

Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Sommers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat and his partner Claudia attempt to solve the mystery of her absence. As they… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lantana is an intricately plotted character study that quietly shines with authenticity.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A meditation on fidelity in marriage where the suspense and surprises stem from who has -- or hasn't -- been betraying each other and how.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

As a mystery, "Lantana" is memorable. But as a study in human relationships and the human condition, it's unforgettable.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Solving the mystery of the dead body would be enough for most Hollywood movies. In Lantana, it's merely a device to launch us into more rewarding explorations.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... boldly, thoroughly, and honestly explores the difficulties of unconditional love in a society that teaches us that we should never deny our base appetites and impulses.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post

Lantana is so rich in secondary characters and performances it's hard to mention them all. But you will certainly appreciate them.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

The sort of movie that highbrow critics love to overrate...It's Married With Children for serious-minded folks without a sense of humor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
3 1/4 stars....A fairly interesting movie, but just barely. Really slow. Anthony LaPaglia went through this movie showing the same forlorn face all throughout.… More
Film Crazy
not to sure i fully understood this but i dunno ill probably have to watch it again then give review
Dan Schultz
A brilliant, subdued near-masterpiece concerning feeling lost and numb to one's marriage, as seen through the eyes of different people who are all… More
Leigh Ryan
Lady D'arbanville
This Australian gem is an impressive watch with a faultless cast who were all such natural Actors and gave the film a truly realistic feel. The merging of… More
Drew Smith
The obvious inspiration for sister film Jindabyne, Lantana is stronger simply by account of a more focused plot and a larger, yet still interesting cast of… More